- Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti, Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor, Mason Lee, Jamie Chung, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman, Aroon Seeboonruang, Nirut Sirichanya, Yasmin Lee, Nick Cassavetes, Sondra Currie, Schnitrnunt Busarakamwong, Bryan Callen, Brody Stevens, Nimit Luksameepong, Michael Berry Jr., Andrew Howard, Danai Thiengdham, Thana Srisuke, Pairot Noiply, Penpak Sirikul, Sanita Jai-Ua, Chanicha Shindejanichakul, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tanner Maguire, William A. Johnson, Aedin Mincks, Dylan Boyack, William Jiang, Crystal the Monkey
- Director: Todd Phillips
- Writers: Scot Armstrong, Craig Mazin, Todd Phillips
- Producers: Daniel Goldberg, Todd Phillips
- Co Producers: David Siegel, Jeffrey Wetzel
- Associate Producer: Joseph Garner
- Executive Producers: Steve Bing, Scott Budnick, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull, Vineet
- Art Directions: Desma Murphy, Philip Toolin
- Castings: Justine Baddeley, Kim Davis-Wagner, Thitiya Thongbai
- Costume Design: Louise Mingenbach
- D.O.P.: Lawrence Sher
- Editors: Debra Neil-Fisher, Mike Sale
- Makeup: Joseph Michael Regina
- Music: Christophe Beck
- Production Design: Bill Brzeski
- Set Decoration: Danielle Berman
In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy "The Hangover," Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures, Green Hat Films, Legendary Pictures, Living Films
- Production Schedule: 8 October 2010 - 1 January 2011
2011 Guide Analysis: "It really wasn't until about three months before its release that Warner Brothers realised "The Hangover" was going to be a hit. Test screening response was through the roof, while the trailer had great reaction after premiering at ShoWest and online. About that time they commissioned director Todd Phillips, along with his "Old School" and "Road Trip" scribe Scot Armstrong, to pen a sequel. Yet they still waited to see how the first one went before fully committing to the follow-up.
The wait didn't last long. The $35 million comedy scored a superb $44 million opening weekend and racked up over six times that domestically, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever in the United States. In international markets, where American comedies miss far more often than they hit, it pulled in an astonishing $190 million to deliver a worldwide global total of just under $470 million - a number that films which cost five times as much to make would envy.
No-one could've anticipated the sheer size of its success, and not only were sequel plans given the green light, but dates were quickly locked into place as the cast and Phillips scored better deals with considerable first dollar grosses. Rumors emerged of shooting in Bangkok, talk that was initially dismissed and later confirmed.
Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson are both returning from the original, while Paul Giamatti, Jamie Chung, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton are all set for small roles. However it the was casting of Mel Gibson late last year for a one day shoot as a Bangkok tattoo artist that caused a media storm. Word quickly emerged that the cast and crew were very much against Gibson's involvement in the movie, the revolt vocal enough that Phillips had to withdraw the offer and had Liam Neeson step in to replace Gibson.
As it stands now, the film suffers the obvious disadvantage of being a sequel. Whereas the first movie had little expectation until just before its release, the anticipation level for this is already sky high and so there's a lot of pressure to deliver better and bigger laughs. Yet with comedy surprise hits, rarely have we seen sequels that live up to the quality of the original.
Phillips' track record is strong but not flawless, his post-Hangover comedy "Due Date" this year misfiring with critics and not doing anywhere near the same level of business. I hope we'll be surprised with the quality of this, but until the marketing push begins and the early screening reaction starts flowing, we won't have a good idea either way."